Parlaiment, Speech on Pedlars Bill

House of Commons debates
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day — Second Part]
Manchester City Council Bill [ Lords] (By Order)
Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [12 June], That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Christopher Chope (Christchurch, Conservative)
What else has happened since our last debate? Quite a lot of things. First, my hon. Friend Mr. Ellwood has become a father, and I congratulate him on that. Secondly, the pedlars resource centre has been established online at http://www.pedlars.info and, for the first time in this country, individual pedlars are realising that unless they get together and organise themselves, their future could be in severe jeopardy.

Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & The Weald, Conservative)
Will my hon. Friend acknowledge that the best research is practical? Some three years ago, Maidstone took measures of a very similar nature to these, and they have been a resounding success from all points of view. Is not that rather more telling than academic research, which might inform my right hon. and learned Friend Mr. Ancram, but which will be nothing like as conclusive as practical results?

I am very grateful. However, my hon. Friend’s comparison with last night does not stand up at all. Last night, of course, we were talking about the idea of being the pioneers of that crazy action. What I am saying to my hon. Friend now, however, is that we have previous examples—in Maidstone and other councils—so the action is not unilateral, but follows something that is well established.

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
May I return to the point raised by Miss Widdecombe? As the hon. Gentleman will know, other councils—Medway, Newcastle upon Tyne, Westminster, Leicester and Liverpool—have promoted similar measures, which I understand have worked well in those areas. Is he aware of any problems resulting from private Bills such as the ones that Reading and other councils are seeking to put on the statute book?

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